minutemat (1769) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle @ the 9th Shrewsbury Bottle Share Oct 14, courtesy of myself. Bought at Utobeer. Pours a hazy reddish amber with nice citrus aroma. Taste is citrussy with lemon, lime, grapefruit & gooseberries, smoothly presented and enjoyable. The most vibrant ESB I think I’ve ever had.
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cork and caged .375 litre bottle: cheers Mat for bringing this to the Oct 14 Shrewsbury bottle swap. Misty pour to the amber/orange body, the topping a beige affair that tried to hang around. Mixed bag of aromas and tastes, a kind of sweet and sour blend with grapefruit and malty molasses coming to the fore. I liked it, different and interesting.
MOFO (27) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Dan Murphys.
I must say, the biggest impact that this beer has had on me is making me review my life and really decide what is important to me after a near death experience. I took this from the fridge, let it sit to get to around 14 degrees, and then twisted the metal cap to anticipate wedging the cork out - instead, after 2 twists to just free it up it blew - knocking a hole in the kitchen ceiling and just missing my head on the way up... The next minute I remember a ringing in my eardrums and my chest feeling the shockwave working out if perhaps I had left the gas on, I realised it was just the beer. Anyway, the 3/5 of the bottle that was left after it had unleashed its contents like Mt Etna, I actually did try to enjoy.
Beer review: Large carbonation (goes without saying) - forming large bubbles which do hold up but with brown colouring in the head - weird. The carbonation creates a metallic taste. The smell is very caramel and vanilla.
Overall - the result is not unlike my first attempts at more complex homebrew - it has a funk to it that I couldnt quite get past. I am writing this one off as a bad bottle, and probably not enough in it to make me rush out to find another one (or risk my life).
Choos (619) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: malt, spicy hop
App: amber with a hint of tea brown and a bit hazy
Flavour: light sweet malt and strong hop character
Palate: finishes long and hoppy bitter
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheJestersBeer (2116) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, medium amber, white head.
Oaky, spicy aroma, caramel, wood, vanilla, yeast, dried fruit.
Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2.
Oaky, spicy taste, vanilla, apricot, caramel, refreshingly sour.
OK, but slightly thin. (2014-09-24)
fitwitchik (352) - USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass amber orange with a huge beige head.
Aroma is citrus & crackers.
Flavor is all over here with hops, funk, bread.
And all these flavors actually work & balance well. Very complex & very enjoyable.
Shark_Pants (202) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy burnt orange colour with small persistent off-white head. Reasonably subdued aroma but hints of grapefruit are present. The taste is multigrain bread at first until some funk from the yeast and a light honey sweetness kick in. Finishes dry and bitter. Peppery on the tongue but smooth down the hatch. Not too bad at all.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a very cloudy orange with a creamy, resilient white head. Aroma is yeast, herbal hops, fruity, grapefruits. Flavor is yeasty, bread, herbal, fruity. Finish is citrus, grass, some mineral and...skunk! Lingering tartness. Medium body, average to strong carbonation.
Niksko (354) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a darkish orange with a large bubbled off white head. Pretty aromatically challenged. Apparently there is nelson in here, but you could have fooled me. Smells like wet cardboard, a vague citric/metallic tang. Flavor is some citrus, a little more cardboard, prickly carbonation, herbal bitter finish. I hope this is just a bad bottle. It was from Dan Murphy’s after all, but this is disappointing.
joe19612 (1866) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a mid brown colour with a thick white head, aroma is all malt and hops, taste is light and bitter with a dry bitter finish.